Sebastian Vettel has built-up a remarkable streak of five consecutive wins.
“Sebastian’s won every race since the summer break, which is an incredible achievement,” said Horner. “There are still four races to go, our target is to try and carry this momentum into these last four races. I don’t think any of us would have imagined that he would have had the run of success that he’s had. The way he’s driving at the moment is quite supreme. We’ll see. India’s a different challenge, as is Abu Dhabi. Mark got pretty close today, so it will be great to see Mark win a race before the end of the year as well.”
Meanwhile Horner said that the Suzuka victory showed just how good Vettel is.
“He picked up a bit of damage from the incident with Hamilton that took about 20 points of downforce off the car. So he had a damaged car, and he just managed to adapt. He played the thinking game today, he watched, he waited, in that first stint, he preserved the tires. He knew he wasn’t going to get priority at that first stop, and we discussed it before the race, that the lead car would get priority.
“He was very, very smart in the way he handled the race. He created the options for him by having that range in the first stint, and then by doing the same in the second stint, by making those tires go longer and further than any of the other drivers. And of course when he had the one opportunity that he needed to nail Grosjean, he did it immediately.”